In this post, you’ll see the steps to reduce your WhatsApp storage on an iPhone and an Android phone.
I use Google Pixel 4a (Android 12) and iPhone X. Note that you can’t do this task on the Desktop app and Web. Let’s start.
Reduce WhatsApp Storage Space on iPhone
Follow these steps if you’re on an iPhone:
Open the WhatsApp app.
Hit the Settings tab at the bottom—select Storage and Data.
Hit Manage Storage under the Storage section.
You can now see the “WhatsApp Media” and “Apps and Other Items” use how much of your iPhone storage and the free space available.
You can also see the conversations under the “Chats” section and how much storage they occupied beside them. You can also find the Search option, which you can use if you wish.
Tap the conversation you prefer, and you will see the media items.
If you wish, use the icon at the bottom left to sort. The options are Newest, Oldest, and Largest.
Hit Select on the top right and select the media files.
If you want to select all of them, hit the Select All button at the bottom.
Hit the Star icon at the bottom left if you wish to star or unstar them.
Hit the trash can icon at the bottom right.
You’ll see this message now if they are not the starred items:
Items will be deleted from your WhatsApp media, but they may still be saved in your camera roll.
If you’re okay with that, hit the Delete Items option, and that’s it.
If they are the starred items, you’ll see this message:
You’ve selected starred items. Items will be deleted from your WhatsApp media, but they may still be saved in your camera roll.
If you’re okay with that, hit the Delete All option.
Remember that if you’ve selected items that include starred and not starred, you’ll view the above message with these two options: Delete All Except Starred and Delete All. Choose the one you prefer.
Lessen WhatsApp Storage on Android
Follow these steps if you’re on an Android phone:
Open the WhatsApp Messenger app and hit the three vertical dots on the top right.
Select Settings. Hit “Storage and data” between “Notifications” and “Help.”
Hit Manage storage above Network usage.
You can now see the “WhatsApp Media” and “Apps and other items” use how much of your storage and the free space available.
You can also see the conversations under the “Chats” section and how much storage space they occupy beside them. You can also find the Search option, which you can use if you wish.
Tap the WhatsApp chat you prefer and see the media items.
The Filter icon at the top right has Newest, Oldest, and Largest options. Use it if you wish.
The Select all option is to select all, and if you want to choose an individual item, long-press it.
After the selection, you can see two icons at the top right.
- Star: to star or unstar the selected items.
- Trash can: for removing the selected items from your WhatsApp media. But remember that they may still be saved on your Android device.
Hit the latter.
If any items you want to remove are starred items, select Delete starred items and hit Delete.
Else, hit Delete.